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sol·stice [sol-stis, sohl-]

1. either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. On or about December 22nd it reaches its southernmost point.

sooth·say·ing [sooth-sey-ing]  

1.the practice or art of foretelling events.

Solstice Soothsaying

Now say that ten times fast!


I did not want you to miss this prophetic ritual which accounts for the captivating alliteration!

I hope it worked for here is a festive Scottish ritual to bring a flair to any holiday or new year celebration:

  • Fill a large shallow dish with raisins and pour a few tablespoons of brandy over them.
  • Put out the lights then set ight to the brandy.
  • While it is still going snatch one of the raisins from the flames.
  • As you put the raisin in your mouth, make a wish. It will be granted in the next twelve months!

(It is less dangerous than it seems but care should always be taken.)

May all your wishes come true!

Adapted from The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Tradtions of Christmas by John Matthews

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The winter solstice celebrates a return of light as days grow longer having passed through the shortest day of the year. The solstice this years coincides with the end of a 26,000 year cycle of the Mayan calendar prophesied as the awakening of human consciousness to our luminous nature.

It is a great privilege to travel and study with many master shamans from the Q’ero tradition in Peru with an ayllu (tribe) of women known as the Bouquet of Light, called to awaken the Divine Feminine. We have been given very specific instructions for a despahco at this time to honor the birth of the return to light from Dona Aleja who we study extensively with in Peru.

I extend the invitation for you to virtually join in this ceremony from wherever you are. Below is the first layer of the despacho, a white paper, into which you will blow in three breaths to join in ceremony and link with all others who are called.


You will also need to make two qintus. Qintus are prayer holders traditionally made from three cocoa leaves in Peru. I often use bay leaves since they are similar in size and shape. If you are using bay leaves make sure they are whole and intact rather than broken. You will need six to make two qintus, three for each. Place all leaves in the same direction, one on top of the other, so the stems are facing down and the front of the leaf is facing you (vein in back). If you are not able to use bay leaves, use small native leaves from your area.

The first qintu will hold prayers for the sun. Feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation for the life force of the Sun. You may use this prayer or one of your own. Prayers are both spoken and blown into the qintu with your breath.

Inti TITi, Father Sun,
We humbly bow before your omnipotent light,
as your sons and daughters,
in gratitude for your power and presence.
We thank you for informing us,
awakening us, illuminating within us
what needs to be seen.
We ask to be reinformed
by the wisdom of your light
so we may serve as beacons of light.
May our light shine the way to truth
from the deepest intentions of our soul.
As we learn to honor and respect
your light Inti TiTi
we learn to honor the light within
and see the light in each other
and all living things.
AHO! Hiyaya!

The second qintu is offered for the whole of humanity, for medicine people you may know, for your teachers, for specific people with health problems, for the people of your country, for the leaders of the country, of the world. Blow in prayers to any sacred sites you may feel connected to and for Mother Earth. Both of the qintus are then burned in a fire.

There are many more elements to this despacho which will be built in a circle. Each item is placed in circle formation. It is all about the Sun, the birth of the return to light. I will share more once the despacho is complete.

IMG_8238As we prepare to anchor in light for ourselves and the world, there are many practices to support us in our intentions. To clear our luminous fields so we may be a deeper vessel for light, white candles can be used for clearing. The white candle absorbs dense and heavy energy which is then burned, released and transformed.

I recently relocated from New York to New Mexico. Before entering Truth or Consequences I built an apuchetta (small mountain made of stones) alongside the highway to burn my candle with the intention of leaving any hucha behind as I crossed this new threshold. IMG_8180

Lighting yellow candles to honor the Sun is a simple way to bring this intention of awakening light to life. There is such an abundance of beautiful candles here in New Mexico. I have had a yellow one burning on my altar since I arrived just last week. IMG_8262

I do hope you are inspired to join in ceremony on the 21st. There is power in community be it virtual or otherwise. It is the power of our intention that meets on these sacred grounds.

Begin by creating sacred space in any way that feels true for you. Light a candle, preferably yellow. Blow three breaths into white paper above to join in ceremony. Create two qintus, one to honor the Sun, the other for humanity. Burn qintus in fire. Close with a prayer of thanks.

I honor the place in you that is of love,
truth, light and of peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me,
we are one.


Karen Chrappa
Author of A Structure for Spirit

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